About Us

Who We Are

The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of the community through outstanding chamber music performance. The ensemble distinguishes itself in the community by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work and its dedication to serve a diverse population.

Created in 1984 by musicians Jane Hawkins and Anna Ludwig Wilson working with poet and arts administrator Margaret DeMott, the ensemble’s name comes from Stéphane Mallarmé, the 19th-century French poet and philosopher who believed that true art is created through a unity of music, dance, literature and the visual arts. In keeping with their namesake, Mallarmé performances are often interdisciplinary and have been praised by critics and audiences as innovative, eclectic and of the highest artistic quality.

With the most gifted artists from North Carolina Mallarmé Chamber Players perform programs that include rarely heard works from the traditional chamber music repertoire that celebrate the diversity in our community by featuring the music of African American, Asian, Latino and women composers. Mallarmé has commissioned over 35 new works by American composers. They have created new contours in the landscape of chamber music through partnerships with artists of many different disciplines. Through their eclectic education programs they have developed a new model for community-based arts organizations.

For Mallarmé’s 25th anniversary season in 2008-09, Suzanne Rousso, violist and former orchestra administrator, took the helm as the new artistic director of the ensemble. 2019-20 is Mallarmé’s 36th year!

2019-20 Board of Directors and Staff

Nancy Clapp-Channing, co-chair
Florence Nash, co-chair
Ruth Cox
Kim Demery
Celia Dickerson, treasurer
Michael Fisher
Jeanetta Hopkins
Jacqueline Nappi, secretary
Tony Sprinkle
Baron Tymas
Suzanne Rousso, artistic director, suzanne at mallarmemusic.org
Mickaella Guarascio, operations manager, mickaella at mallarmemusic.org

Board Spotlight

Jennnifer Curtis violin

Jeanetta Powell Hopkins
Bull City Music School

A native of Memphis,Tennessee, Jeanetta Hopkins has always had music play a major role in her life.
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A life long learner of music and humanity, she created Bull City Music School to further spread a message of love, respect and self-confidence through music performance. Jeanetta first felt the love of classical music with her uncle, famed jazz pianist, Rozelle Claxton. Jeanetta went on to study the viola and majored in music education at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

She is committed to serving her community and making music education accessible through her foundation, Bull City Performing Arts. A sought after pedagogue, Jeanetta can be found mentoring pre-service music educators and advocating for underrepresented composers and musicians.

April 30- May 2, 2021 ushers in the first ever Claxton Powell Music Festival, which celebrates diversity in music education and performance. It will be presented virtually; curated by Jeanetta it will include panel discussions and performances, including a recital by pianist Joseph Williams

More info about the festival and events can be found at https://www.claxtonpowellmusic.com/

Proceeds from the festival will support scholarships for private music lessons through Bull City Performing Arts

Mallarmé is a media sponsor of the Claxton Powell Music Festival